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The Descent of Man

Narrated by: Jonny Philips
Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry, read by Jonny Philips.

Grayson Perry has been thinking about masculinity - what it is, how it operates, why little boys are thought to be made of slugs and snails - since he was a boy. Now, in this funny and necessary book, he turns round to look at men with a clear eye and ask, what sort of men would make the world a better place for everyone? What would happen if we rethought the old, outdated macho version of manhood and embraced a different idea of what makes a man?

Apart from giving up the coronary-inducing stress of always being 'right' and the vast new wardrobe options, the real benefit might be that a newly fitted masculinity will allow men to have better relationships - and that's happiness, right?

Grayson Perry admits he's not immune from the stereotypes himself - as the psychoanalysts say, 'If you spot it, you've got it' - and his thoughts on everything from power to physical appearance, from emotions to a brand-new Manifesto for Men, are shot through with honesty, tenderness and the belief that, for everyone to benefit, upgrading masculinity has to be something men decide to do themselves. They have nothing to lose but their hang-ups.

©2016 Grayson Perry (P)2016 Penguin

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Truely brilliant!!

The most fascinatingly informed book I've ever read Grayson you're a legend! I had to read it in one sitting as I couldn't put it down- thank you for such an intelligent book!

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Thoughtful analysis

Great readShould be a required text for boys and girls from the age of 10!

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Great read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's certainly thought-provoking but it's key strength is taking a difficult subject and making it funny.

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Wonderful

Grayson Peer's wisdom, sensitivity and daring admissions of his own evolution as a man over time show him to have a strength and innate power that is massively attractive in a man; a Real Man. I would love all my male friends to read and learn from this book that they are more valuable to women as themselves and not as predictable stereotypes. Thank you, Grayson.

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  • Mabbers
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • 04-04-17

Great

Really interesting and thought provoking and a really good insight into the mind of the modern man. It was also good to think from the male perspective.

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Interesting

Interesting thoughts coming from a man about men and their built-in actions and reactions. Grayson Perry may not be an ideal spokesman for the gender but he is totally honest about men and maleness. I hope that once these thoughts have been aired they will be picked up and ruminated on by men and boys the world over. Perhaps then the world will be a better place.

The essay was well read, making it very enjoyable and allowing Grayson Perry come through. Will this be the beginning of a new chapter for the human race? I hope so!

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Everyone should read this

This was a wonderfully balanced look at gender differences, a view probably only a transvestite could truly have had. There were points I loved out lipas in the streets and sections that made think “THANK YOU! I knew that was a thing!”

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Interesting read

The shift in the male role in society is an interesting and current subject matter. He makes some very good points, not sure of an alternative and don’t feel this really offers one either. Interesting read

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Important reading for both Womb-men and Men.

Very well read and ever so honestly written.
Whether you agree with Mr Perry's opinions and ideas entirely, partly or not all, this is worth reading or listening to.

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Thought-provoking listen

A really interesting take on masculinity with novel ways of looking at issues surrounding gender equality. It could be a rather dry and ‘right-on’ discussion but Perry injects enough humour to make sure it is always an enjoyable read/listen. The narration by Jonny Philips is excellent, sounding a little like Perry himself (whether this a conscious decision I’m not sure) which I found worked very well with the text. Definitely recommended.

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  • 17-11-18

Really enjoyed the insight

Although not firmly based in biological sciences about sex differences, the perspective on masculinity offered by the author is accurate and insightful. The beautiful verses of the story are a delight to hear and the message is very important for today's societal/economic transition.